Clearwater Journals

Clearwater/Tampa, Florida weekend

A March 2002 trip to Clearwater by Strawberry Girl

Belleview Biltmore Resort Photo, Clearwater, Florida More Photos
Quote: This was a "getaway from it all weekend" of dining and shopping with no husbands or children. We found some great places in Tampa and Clearwater to do this.

Clearwater/Tampa, Florida weekend

Overview

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The International Mall has a great variety of stores, quite a few I never heard of and loved discovering. The Shalimar Indian Restaurant had a fresh buffet. The Henry B. Plant museum is wonderful for any architecture enthusiasts or historians.

Quick Tips:

You must have a car. Don't forget the sunscreen and water.

Best Way To Get Around:

Car.

Belleview Biltmore Resort

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Hotel | "Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa"

Belleview Biltmore Resort Photo, Clearwater, Florida
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The resort grounds are beautifully kept and there are many ways to enjoy them. There are roads and sidewalks for running or walking. The verandas with their oversized wooden rockers and tables are perfect for relaxing. Tennis courts are available near the magnificent, outdoor pool and playground area. There is a spa, fitness center, beauty salon, barber, and indoor pool with large Jacuzzi spa. The golf course looks nice, too. There are also many things to do away from the resort in Clearwater. There are beautiful beaches, restaurants and shopping galore within 15 min. Tampa is about 40 min away. You can be transported to another era, but not without a catch. The public ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 1, 2002

Belleview Biltmore Resort
25 Belleview Blvd
Clearwater, Florida 33756
(727) 373-3000

Terrace Cafe Belleview Biltmore

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Restaurant

Terrace Cafe Belleview Biltmore Photo, Clearwater, Florida
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The atmosphere is perfect: chandeliers, comfy upholstered chairs, nicely set candlelit table. A place to take your time and enjoy a good meal. The menu had a variety of American Cuisine including chops, steaks, and fish. The prime rib was good, but a little overcooked. The salad was excellent with a nice variety of fresh greens. The dessert was dissappointing; artificially flavored strawberry mousse. The service was terribly slow but polite. We also had a buffet breakfast here. We arrived an hour before closing. It took 15 min to bring out more eggs and they never refilled the pancakes because it "was too close to closing" even though there were 5 tables of people eating. The juices were...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 1, 2002

Terrace Cafe Belleview Biltmore
25 Belleview Boulevard
Clearwater, Florida 33756
(727) 373-3000

Tampa Theater

Attraction

Tampa Theater Photo, Clearwater, Florida
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Opened in 1926 it staged vaudeville acts from around the country and then became Tampa's premier venue for "talkies". Currently they show acclaimed films from around the world. Architect, John Eberson, built it in a "Florida Mediterranean" style. The interior is made to feel like a nightime outdoor scene complete with stars in the sky. 15 minutes before the movie someone plays the "Mighty Wurlitzer" with its nearly 1,000 pipes. Don't miss it. Tickets are $7 adult, $5 seniors. Well worth the ticket price. They serve beer and wine plus the normal movie fare. The most fun I've had at a historical landmark in a while. www.tampatheatre.org

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2002

Tampa Theater
711 Franklin Street
Clearwater, Florida 33602
(813) 274-8981

Henry B. Plant Museum

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Attraction

Henry B. Plant Museum Photo, Tampa, Florida
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This is the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel built by Mr. Plant. It is a lifestyle museum kept as close as possible to it's original form so you can experience the "lifestyle" of the guests from the turn of the century. The only lighting is from replicas of the bulbs by Mr. Edison; there aren't labels in front of the furniture or art like other museums. It truly gives you a glimpse into the past. The architecture is amazing and the preservation is wonderful. This is a wonderful museum and takes about an hour to see inside and out. Admission is donation $5 adult $2 children under 12. It is not a good place to bring young children who touch everything. There are plenty of signs reminding you not ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2002

Henry B. Plant Museum
401 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33606
(813) 254-1891